Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Garden is Coming to Life Again and my Son's Garden

Brilliant. Alan has finished moving and relaying the garden path stones. We have had the driest winter since early last century and the clay ground is rock hard. He had to use a hammer and chisel to lift turf. The spacing is aligned to a comfortable stretch for me. Thank you Alan.  

Not much colour in the garden yet, but it is coming to life again.
I am still getting used to having a much downsized garden but I do like it. I like the space after all these years of pruning and cutting back etc.

As a complete contrast I'll show you my son's garden in the Spring.
He likes to let it grow wild and do it's own thing!

Believe it or not, this is the pathway back to the house.
He has at least since these pictures cut the grass!

I remember about 16 years ago helping him to plan his garden.
He is single and travels a lot and is happy with this wildness.
Don't tell the neighbours but he even feeds the foxes!


Come Away With Me said...

Now you have more time to just enjoy your garden without quite as much work. And your son's appeals quite a lot to me - because of all the beautiful color blooming.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Each garden is so different and beautiful. Those stepping stones must have taken a lot of time to move and install, and they look great!

Vee said...

There's a study in contrasts! 🙂 Alan got just the right "meander" on that path. It really looks lovely.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Both gardens are beautiful. It's so lovely to see things come alive again. We've had a rainy spring so far and things are growing in leaps and bounds here.

Lorrie said...

I'm always torn between a "let it grow wild" kind of garden, and a manicured one. They are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing the contrasts!

Elizabeth said...

I like both gardens!
Neat and wild both have their benefits - I’m afraid the foxes I’ve seen in the UK look a bit miserable and diseased!
My tree pits are beginning to look good here in New York.

Needled Mom said...

Your garden is always so pretty. I'm sure it is hard to get used to the smaller size, but I know your body is thankful!

Gracie Saylor said...

The path is a pretty and practical! Last night my youngest daughter and her husband took photos of a hungry bunny friend who enjoyed feasting on the pretty purple-blue flowers of our ground cover plants that are just coming into bloom. I have missed seeing any bunnies lately, but I felt a niggle of selfishness, not wholeheartedly wanting to share our flowers with him, I was sorry to note.

ellen b said...

I like the path and your garden. Don't worry no one will hear about the fox feeding from me. :)

La Contessa said...

I LIKE YOUR SON!YOUR GARDEN and his are BEAUTIFUl.................
I'm headed to England to see the CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW!!!
Plus, a few more gardens..............I hope it STOPS RAINING OVER THERE!!!

nikkipolani said...

We don't have foxes in my area, but I suspect "feeding foxes" is akin to feeding squirrels -- and that's made me smile.

And when you mentioned moving some of those stones required a hammer and chisel, well, that's what we always have to do here where the soil comprises primarily of clay and, as you know, it's dry dry dry. The new path looks easy to maneuver and your new bits of color look lovely.

Louca por porcelana said...

Both gardens are gorgeous!Hugs!

Garden Fancy said...

The path looks very good, with a nice curve and neat edges. A good project to have done. And a smaller garden is the smart thing to do -- I've been downsizing too (although I still have far too many garden areas), and it's a relief to keep only the plants and beds you enjoy the most. Your garden looks very nice! Hope you're enjoying a lovely springtime in your gardens. Best, -Beth

Ag said...

Your garden is lovely and Alan made a beautiful path to walk on.
I also like the look of your Son's garden, it's lush and full of colour.
I'm fine with the foxes, they have their place on earth too.
Around here everyone tries to get rid of the skunks and racoons, but they don't bother me at all. They were here long before development and I feel sorry for them.
Great photos.